BICE - San Diego
BICE - San Diego

BICE - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bicesandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192392423x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Cassineri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Easter and Mother's Day Brunch 12pm to 8:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street or valet parking available.
A word from BICE - San Diego
Ideally located in the heart of San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. BiCE combines an elegant and chic ambience with a warm and inviting atmosphere, including a beautiful exposed wine cellar and an award-winning, full-service Italian cheese bar, which offers a constantly rotating selection of formaggi. The BiCE menu includes both classic and trend-driven Italian dishes, with standouts including homemade pastas, unique meat and seafood dishes and decadent desserts. BiCE was recently recognized by the renowned James Beard Kitchen, where Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli were invited to share their Italian creations with some of New York City's greatest culinary minds. Chef Penoncelli was also awarded for the "Best Vegetarian" dish at the 2013 San Diego Food & Wine Festival and was named one of the top six female chefs by U-T San Diego.
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BICE - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)fit for foodies (60)romantic (52)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (18)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (7)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of our favorites downtown...
    GilSD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Has consistently been a great experience... Food is excellent, service was wonderful and the atmosphere has been great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bice is Bellisimo!
    JoBaggaDonuts
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary, and decided to give Bice a try. So glad we did. The food was fabulous, the service outstanding, and the ambiance was perfect! Will definitely be going back for more!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Greatness
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is amazing! My fiancé and I go this Resturant when we are in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The venison and parpadelle were amazing. If you are I the mood for crazy, try the tempura marshmallows w/tomato jam, at the bar The service at this restaurant is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best gluten free dinner & dessert!
    glutenfreeDiva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It's not easy to eat out for gluten free but this place was amazing!!! It was our anniversary and they gave us a tasty 3 course meal and dessert. Started with a cheese plate, best gluten free pasta, Chilean sea bass, and the best gluten free lava cake with ice cream and berries!! I would recommend to anyone that loves food and especially gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit!
    Hank
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Good wine selection and nice modern feel to the place. One block off the corner of busy 5th St craziness in Gaslamp which makes it perfectly located.... Not too busy but within walking distance of all the other night life.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto buono
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Loved the cheese plate with honey and jams. Also loved the truffle oil on the fish. Would like to come back and try more dishes. Great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought we were in Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food here was fabulous and the service was outstanding. The charcuterie selection we left up to the chef with a stronger flavor request. It did not disappoint. The bread is an interesting selection paired with a cream cheese and vinegar/olive oil. I had to stop myself to not fill up on the appetizers and bread combo. The scallops were the best we've had anywhere and the seafood pasta was varied with a very tasty broth. We finished with the pineapple tart and tiramisu. I can't say enough, we will be back very soon. Oh, by the way it's pronounced beachea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply marvellous
    Ottawanian
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Saturday night dinner at Bice was perfect. The food was exceptional, beautifully plated and the optimal amount. The service was impeccable and the servers were unobtrusive and served with grace and old world Italian charm. Gracie Bice!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not all bice the same
    SuePur911VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    i ate in bice in nyc- i loved it. I liked this one, too, but I didnt think it was as good as the nyc one. The room is spare, modern, lots of street-level windows for people-watching in the gaslamp district. We had calamari app, very good. decent wine list (limited to italian). The menu is contemporary Italian. Not heavy, and the veggies seemed fresh. Good place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Food2luv
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Portion size is very small! We ordered two snacks and two dishes. The price is too expensive for the food portion/size.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been to Bice for dinner three times, and it is splendid. This last time, I took my 12-year-old daughter. It couldn't have been better. The staff - as always - was dignified, indulgent and charming. They made my daughter feel totally adored. We preceded the meal at the cheese bar. This is a total treat for me every time I'm here. The staff knows and loves their cheeses. The more questions you ask, the more they enthusiastic they become. The cheeses were sublime! Our main courses were from the "specialties" part of the menu. I had butternut squash raviolis in a sage sauce topped with crumbled bacon. My daughter had gnocchi in a cream sauce with asparagus and tomato. The gnocchi was fantastic. Raviolis a little dry. Dessert was - wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    Mrsjerryface
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent menu and delightful wine list...but wait! There's more! Try the cheeses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved Bice!
    LoveSanDiego
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went to Bice for our anniversary, and it did not disappoint. We enjoyed everything- the food, the service, the ambience. The chef came out to check on us, and our waiter was wonderful. We will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at BICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    BICE Ristorante is an Italian restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. + Fantastic service from the wait staff, sommelier, and management + Truly inspired Italian dishes including the seafood which is outstanding + Very nice selection of wine and beer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably great.
    spossumVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Love coming here. Only authentic high level Italian restaurant in San Diego. Great food and wine list and chefs Mario and Francesca couldn't be nicer. Honored to have James Beards chefs cooking away for us here in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Meg23
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The prosciutto was out of this world! It melted in my mouth. The veal was also very tasty. I would definitely go back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian Fooc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and dining experience at BiCe was wonderful!! Excellent wine choice with fabulous cheese appetizers, and the best made pasta dishes! Melt in your mouth, savory dishes! YUM!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable experience
    Bo1251
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Second time here and made it a point to visit on my trip to San Diego. Affable staff and attentive to detail without being intrusive. Food was well crafted , very flavorful. My wife and I will return next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal at BiCE
    churchill
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    BiCE offers some of the best Northern Italian cuisine in San Diego. A particular favorite of mine is the Spinach Gnocci with crab meat sauce, which is tasty & rich but not so filling that you won't have room for dessert. BiCE's location can be challenging for parking so unless you get lucky with a space on the street, you'll probably have to suck it up and valet. If you like a little whiskey after dinner, check out the Palace Bar inside the Horton Grand Hotel directly across the street from BiCE, as it has one of the finest selections of good scotch, Irish whiskey and Kentucky bourbon in SD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy anniversary?
    MarathonManVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a wonderful evening in June celebrating my wife's birthday, complete with a prosecco toast and dessert. When we returned in July to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary, we anticipated the same service. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. BiCE is a nice restaurant, although it did not live up to our expectations this time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food-atmosphere & service!
    Good4Eating
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went Saturday night. It was our second visit and definitely won't be our last! The bleu cheese cotton candy appetizer is to die for!!! And the deep fried marshmallow with tomato jam and chocolate drizzle is right up there too!!! Amazing!!! WOW!!! And the 7-cheese platter was wonderful! If anyone is in San Diego, this place is a MUST!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining spot!
    hungryi
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our dining experience at Bice was delightful. From the understated, modern ambiance to the tasty entrees, this restaurant did everything well. Service in both the bar and dining area was quick and attentive. Prices were moderate, especially since the food offerings were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Flavors
    Hankypoo
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The restaurant was very contemporary. Although we did not have wine, the wine steward was quite good from what we saw and heard around us. The waiter was knowledgable but getting him to our table was a task. The food presentation and food were quite good and flavorful. Menu was however somewhat limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great date night
    Cbus4
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have now had two special anniversaries here. The menu is interesting, the cheese and wine is amazing, and the service was absolutely wonderful. They helped make a special night even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Relaxed pace. - Just wish they could do something to dampen the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience, great food.
    CJBadgeVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant. Love the food, the service, and ambiance. Upon the recommendation of the maitre de, my party had a lovely table-shared cheese and charcuterie appetizer, then enjoyed individual appertizers, which were all delicious and expertly prepared. The Primi Piatti can be reduced to half size, if you are doing a full 4 courses, and the parpardelle with a lamb ragu that was added to evening's menu was exquisite (I should have had a full sized course and skipped the Secondi). The veal chop Milanese was perfect; moist and tender inside, crisp outside, accompanied with arugula. We skipped the dessert course, but I'm sure it would have been perfect, as well. Great Italian wine list. The Sagrantino we choose was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bice San Diego
    luvfood27VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I love this place. Have never had a bad meal. They also have a cheese bar that is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High quality Italian food
    JoannaDK
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had a wonderful 3-course dinner at the BICE. Starter, maim dish and dessert were excellent. Genuine Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Highly recommended. Next time I will be in San Diego, I will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheese bar
    Lab2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    the best ever cheese bar with match of jams and wines
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    2Lovebugs
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Last year, same date, the service and food was fabulous. This year, the noise was deafening, the service was basic needs met, the food average. We had requested, through Open Table, a quiet romantic table. We were seated between a table of 6 and 4. We were told the noisier table of 6 were leaving. Not true. Finally our server relocated us to the vacant side of the restaurant. It's really too bad. We drove down to San Diego from No CA because we loved BICE so much on our 30th anniversary. We won't be celebrating 32nd there. :(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sold Experience
    jdanese
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a business dinner at Bice and the food, drink and service were all on mark. Especially enjoyed the cheese selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal w/out of town guests
    RowwrVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had an amazing meal at Bice on Friday night with our in-laws from San Francisco. Being foodies we wanted to take them to a place that can satisfy their refined palates. We chose Bice and were we in for a treat. The cheese counter was amazing. We sampled 3 wonderful Italian cheeses while also enjoying their trio of seafood tartars. Delicious. Then we enjoyed a great selection of their entrees. I had the Mano de Leon scallops. They were huge and cooked to perfection. This was all enjoyed with a great bottle of Brunello. Cheers to Bice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Didyanne
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been dining at Bice several times a month since the day it opened. There have been many changes, but there is one constant--the great food of Mario and Francesca. Most restaurants have one or two dishes that appeal, at Bice, deciding from the many wonderful choices is hard. The service is great. The dining rooms are very comfortable. The bar is our favorite space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    Albores
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great pasta, and excelent service the salads need work and very good wine list
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remains a great place
    2aboutUVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Second year running the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon and second time going to BICE the night before the race. Food quality is excellent as is the service. This time I got one of the specials, Rigatoni with Swordfish and while the taste was great, I thought the portion size was small given the price point. Otherwise I would recommend the restaurant to about anyone as it is a good choice for a nicer Gaslamp option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good service
    Lindy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    There were only two of us dining. We saw our waiter only twice - once to give us the menus and once to hand us the bill. There was a large party that were seated behind us shortly after we arrived and all his attention went there. Another person stopped by to take our order but both the food and the drinks took forever to arrive. The food was okay nothing outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, creative Italian fare
    Tamara
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was my second visit to Bice for a work dinner. I knew I could count on the restaurant to deliver creative and delicious Italian food with professional service. The special appetizer of calamari with almond cream was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 8144420400
    Alchemist
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was great and the staff was very attentive. However, being from the east (PA), I noticed that there was no veal on the menu. I know that this is the "left" coast and PETA reigns, but do you want some group deciding what you can and cannot eat? What's next the lightbulb and toilet tank police? Oh, there here already!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fondly Remembered Good Restaurant
    davidVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We have been served several time with exquisite service, an excellent variety of food. The cheese plates were outstanding. The wine was also excellent. We have not enjoyed this experience often in town and will happily enjoy it again. Thanks for a great time and superior evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.